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Beaten with his own Staff


Confuted by one’s own words. An argumentum ad hominem.

“Can High Church bigotry go farther than this? And how well have I since been beaten with mine own staff.”—J. Wesley. (He refers to his excluding Bolzius from “the Lord’s table,” because he had not been canonically baptized.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Bearnais (Le)
Beasts (Heraldic):
Beastly Drunk
Beat (To)
Beat (To)
Beat. (French, abattre, to abate.)
Beaten to a Mummy
Beaten with his own Staff
Beating about the Bush
Beating the Bounds
Beati Possidentes
Beatific Vision
Beau Ideal
Beau Jour beau Retour (A)
Beau Lion (Un)
Beau Monde